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How do you pronounce and hand-write the symbol §?

How do you pronounce and write by hand the symbol §, which is used extensively in legal writing? And what do you call the symbol? For example, "#" is called the number symbol or hash. "&" is ...
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Is there a proper lexicon for legal documents? [closed]

My apologies in advance for such a childish manner of asking a question here. If it deserves a downvote - go ahead. Yet for me it is that simple, but so lethal. As far as we all human beings, I am ...
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“will” and “shall” legal contractual value

I need help to understand the legal value of this sentence from a contract: " Contractor will invoice CRO monthly" and "CRO shall send payment for services in X days". "Will" and "shall" have the same ...
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How can issues be solved with the IRAC method? [closed]

Can anyone help me showing the steps in IRAC method how to solve a particular problem?
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What are the formal steps that a legislator follows when enacting positive law? [closed]

Someone has a problem or unmet need. That person approaches a legislator with the problem or unmet need. The legislator follows a process to reason. The legislator follows a process to verbally ...
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Classification of laws from a perspective of consequences of action

I am looking for a classification of laws from a perspective of consequences of action. For example: "If you do this, something good will happen to you." "If you do this, something bad will happen ...
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Why it's not just 1 contract instead of a few

In considering the content of contracts, it seems that some of them overlap significantly with each other. Trade Secret Agreement, Confidential Information Agreement Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, ...
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If legal code numbers ever get revised

Wondering if code numbers such as 31 U.S. Code § 5330 ever get revised. So one day it is like this: Title 31 › Subtitle IV › Chapter 53 › Subchapter II › § 5330 › (a) › 1 And the next day it ...
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If you must include all of the natural language prose in a legal document, or if it can be abstracted out

Most legal documents I've seen are multiple pages of large blocks of text, with just a few fill-in-the-blanks here and there, and a signature at the end. If all of the text that is shared between ...
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The effect that listing permutations has on the power/legitimacy of a legal document

Many legal documents follow along the same lines as this one, saying: For purposes of this Agreement, “Confidential Information” means any data or information that is proprietary to the Disclosing ...
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How to write a legal contract DIY [duplicate]

I am a software developer and am interested to know what it takes to write a legal contract without a lawyer. From a search online, you find how-to's that essentially say (among other things): ...
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If legal documents need “fill in the blanks”, or if you can do it in a more structured way

In legal documents you often find stuff like this: Lorem ipsum. I ______________ will do ______________ by the date __________________. Until then, ________________ will be the contact point for ...
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What is the format of an affidavit of declaration for signing in the vernacular language of a deceased person?

A person has signed in her vernacular language in some official documents and she has passed away. In her identity document, her name is written in English. As a nominee, her son is asked to provide ...
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Is the formalism “I put you on notice” important, in UK law, or can a less formal wording be equivalent?

Example case: a high value car specialist/expert sold me a car with a serious defect they should have known of and disclosed (such as past accident history) while warranting the condition was good/...
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How to include a large number exhibits

I have been struggling to find the best way to mention and list the enclosures for a complex complaint/dispute letter to my financial institution. I have to include at least 45 documents. Should I ...
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Legal syntax question in the Canadian Copyright Act

I have a question about legal syntax. This is a segment from the canadian copyright act. It seems to me that a notice can be sent to a person described in (a and b) or to a person described in (a and ...
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Is it decorous to refer to mainstays (people recurring in a legal document) by abbreviations?

Presume that these mainstays (even if their names are short) can all be named publicly. I fancy referring to them only with my abbreviations that I introduce on the first page, to save space and ...
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How to parse this clause?

I am having difficulty interpreting a clause relating to a referral rewards program, which entitles an existing client to an incentive for each additional client they refer to a company. The confusion ...
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The comparative degree and superlative degree: what to do when comparing uncertain number of things?

According to Do's, Don'ts, and Maybes: Legal Writing Grammar - Part II: Use the comparative degree to compare two persons or things. Use the superlative degree to compare more than two persons or ...
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Why is the structure of the US Code so poor? (And would it even be legal to reorganize it?)

In the process of researching the legality of coil guns in Massachusetts (University engineering project), I stumbled across Cornell's Legal Information Institute, which offers what appears to be a ...
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Meaning of Florida statute history abbreviations

I'm trying to find out how to read the following abbreviations found in the short "history" section at the bottom of a Florida statute website. For example: "s. 54, ch. 88-1; s. 30, ch. 88-277; s. 36, ...
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What is the standard or most frequently used citation style used in law journals?

For example, most major science journals tend to use APA citation style, whereas most major humanities journals utilize MLA (8th edition I believe is the most recent). What citation style do most law/...
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What are the different kinds of rules/procedures that describe what counts-as/constitutes a rule change and what kinds of problems can they cause?

This is a question about legislation, including constitutive rules and administrative law To give some context, I am interested in legal reasoning (as in a logic of law), but I am not a legal-expert. ...
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What is the effect of saying “we reserve our (client's) rights” when writing to another party to a dispute?

In communication between parties to a dispute, the phrase we reserve our client's rights is often included. I've only ever seen this used by solicitors acting for a client in a matter, but I would ...
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What is the purpose of including “without prejudice” in communications between parties?

In communication between parties in legal matters, the phrase without prejudice is often included. I've also seen it used in the phrase without prejudice, save as to costs. What is the purpose and ...
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Master Service Agreement templates in Japanese?

My company has started doing business with several Japanese clients and we are moving beyond a letter of intent to a master service agreement. We have a standard template we use for all of our clients;...
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Typo on Lease, Who is Responsible?

The lease agreement for my rental home clearly says that the landlord is responsible for paying for garbage services. However, after asking why I hadn't received our garbage bins yet, the leasing ...
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Origin/purpose of “Language” section in legal agreements

I've noticed a number of legal documents recently (FastMail's ToS, Apple's Developer Agreement, etc.) which include a "Language" section containing more or less the following: It is the express ...
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How to parse 'notwithstanding … forfeiture is avoided otherwise than by relief'?

[Source:] The landlord argued that the tenant must pay the administration costs based on the covenant[,] given by the tenant in the lease which read as follows: “To pay all expenses (including ...